The two top cats in the above mentioned primary are Sue Lowden and Sharron Angle. The duo has been engaged in a no holds barred “hissy” fit that might end up benefiting the third place guy in the race, Danny Tarkanian, the most.
Watching the fur fly in the Lowden/Angle contest has even given Reid a glimmer of hope. Not too many days ago political pundit John Ralston noted that “Harry Reid may be stirring in his casket.” The remark was occasioned by the fact that although Reid has been written off as “dead” when it came to re-election earlier this year, the obvious split in the Republican party seems to bode well for him.
A canny campaigner in his own right, Reid, who has no primary opposition, has been able to sit on the sidelines and chortle as Lowden and Angle continue their mutual attacks on each other instead of the incumbent they are seeking to unseat.
Whether or not any of the $16 million that Reid reportedly has amassed for the November general election has found its way into any of the attack ads cost against Lowden that has gone to Angle’s way is a moot point. From being the odds-on favorite in the race Lowden has had some “self-destruct” moments because of her “chickens for barter” statement and questions over the ownership of her pricey campaign RV.
Those two items and Angle’s growing list of endorsements from the ultra-conservative far right has seen her poll numbers steadily climb while Lowden’s have slipped a little.
Media guys always like to sport what they think are the outstanding political TV commercials in whatever race they are watching. The one that rated tops with them lately was the “massages for inmates” singer that Lowden’s forces fired at Angle.
The filming was spectacular as it showed a pasha salon with inmates in orange jumpsuits standing in line to take their turn on the massage table, the hair stylist chair or to have their toes separated by cotton balls as they awaited their pedicurist. Capper of the spot was the final shot that showed an inmate throwing a kiss to a tattoo of Angle on his right bicep.
Many local political pundits also have given kudos to the TV ads of John Chachas, a relatively unknown in the race for the Republican Senate nomination. His most effective ad to date is where he stands over a table covered in pennies and then cuts a single penny in thirds to illustrate the amount that Washington is “cutting” in comparison with the overall pile of pennies on the table.
He is definitely the “dark horse” in this contest, but has scored well in debates with his rivals. If he doesn’t place highly next Tuesday, look for him to be a “comer” in Nevada politics in the future.
Number two spot for nastiest primary campaign has to go to the race for Republican nominee for governor in the general election. Incumbent Gov. Jim Gibbons has been able to raise little funding, according to his own releases. Conversely, his opponent, former Judge Brian Sandoval has accumulated nearly $1 million, according to the latest campaign financial reports. Sandoval also has support from most of the high-ranking, high-profile and high figures in Nevada’s Republican party.
To his credit, Gibbons has been able to get most of his exposure on the print and electronic media as he seizes every opportunity to fight against the present Democratic administration in Washington, D.C. Both Gibbons and Sandoval realize that whoever wins their race will have Rory Reid, son of Harry Reid, as their opponent in the general election.
So, the bottom line seems to be that the GOP’s primary races with the highest profile have an eerie similarity in that the winner will have to face a Reid — father or son — who both have sat out the primary election and are gearing up to take as much advantage of the rifts in the state’s Republican party as they can. In both cases, the primary campaign is going to look like a stroll in the park when it comes to the volatile general election.
At this writing, the only Americans left in the French Open are the Williams sisters as a duo team in the Ladies Doubles. Both Serena and Venus are at the top of their doubles game and, should they win the French Open title, will be the number on Ladies Doubles team in the world.
As far as coverage of this year’s French classic has been concerned, at least on the ladies' side, it has been mostly about the “open” look of Venus’ initial French can-can tennis outfit. Finally after some “wardrobe malfunction” shots caught on TV, the tournament officials asked Venus to change into more conventional attire.
Venus’ display in the early rounds has caused long-time tennis buffs to think back to the time when traditional all-white garb on the courts went out the window. Most agree that a young Andre Agassi was the original culprit with his long, flowing ponytail and signature Levi tennis shorts. Agassi started a revolution on the courts.
Women players immediately picked up on the apparent made for TV change and all sorts of multi-colored and sometimes racy outfits, mostly on the bodies of the famous sisters, began to appear. The next major breakthrough occurred when the men started to don collarless shirts, then He-Man muscle shirts, very few of them white and then Rafael Nadal showed up in clam diggers and regular headband to advertise for Nike.
Tennis purists still long for the days when a white cap, white polos shirt and long white pants are considered de rigger for the men and women were clad in long skirts.
Even as late as Jimmy Conner, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe era all-white, snug shorts and shirts, and an occasional white wristband were considered the proper uniform of the day. That outfit has as much chance of coming back as do white tennis balls and wooden rackets.
Harry Spencer is a freelance writer in Reno. His column about the past and present of northern Nevada appears weekly in the Tribune.
Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in Harry Spencer’s column are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Tribune.